When you think of eating a healthy fruit snack, you imagine bright red apples, richly purple grapes, or vividly yellow bananas. But dark yellow peaches are another appetizing fruit with health benefits. Farmers harvest peaches from June to August, so if you have not eaten a peach recently, consider buying some on your next trip to purchase groceries.
What are peach health benefits?
Peaches are stone fruits containing a pit with seeds in the center. Other stone fruits include apricots, cherries, mangoes, nectarines, and plums. The nutritional value of peaches involves a healthy amount of vitamin C, vitamin A, niacin, vitamin E, vitamin K, copper, manganese, and potassium. Potassium-rich foods are known to play a role in lowering blood pressure. Research suggests that eating peaches can lower high blood pressure and decrease cholesterol levels.
You already know several scrumptious foods can reduce inflammation. Peaches also can decrease inflammation with their healthy plant-based polyphenols and prebiotics. As a result of consuming peaches, you could lower your chances of acquiring chronic diseases.
Another health benefit of peaches is antioxidants residing within their fuzzy covering and succulent inside. The antioxidants help fight cell damage and build up your immune system. Medical studies claim that eating peaches as part of a healthy diet can assist in preventing breast cancer.
Furthermore, the peach’s red-orange insides come from the antioxidant beta-carotene. Upon consuming the fruit, the antioxidant converts into vitamin A, helping the eyes stay healthy.
In addition, white peaches have the same health benefits as golden peaches but contain less acidity and are much sweeter than tangy dark yellow peaches.
Does peach syrup have health benefits?
If you experience indigestion or stomach pain, consider eating canned peaches along with the peach syrup to settle your stomach. The soft texture allows for easy consumption and can relieve diarrhea and gas.
When is a peach ripe?
When searching for ripe peaches, look for those with a dark-yellow color. Such peaches are the more sweet and juicy. If a peach is light yellow or has a shade of green, it came off the tree early, but it can still ripen. A ripe peach will also have a sweet smell and be marginally soft.
Is it healthy to eat peach skin?
It is generally safe for a person to eat the skin of the peach. If you are prone to inflammatory bowel disease, eating the fiber-filled peach skin could cause digestive pain.
What are the healthiest ways to eat peaches?
Eating peaches as fresh fruit or a canned serving are the most common ways people enjoy the delectable fruit. There are varying opinions on which option is healthier. Scientists have found fresh peaches to have higher antioxidant levels and seem more successful at defending against oxidative harm than canned peaches. Another study suggests health benefits are consistent in both canned and whole peaches.
For the more adventurous food connoisseur, add chopped peaches to salsa and allow your tastebuds to appreciate contrasting flavors. You can also try making a healthy peach smoothie using nonfat Greek yogurt.
U.S. National Peach Month takes place in August. To celebrate, do not forget to incorporate eating peaches into your day. If you want to read more about healthy eating habits, please jump over to a discussion on processed food and its health risks.
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